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Information for Carlos E. Bledsoe
5 August, 1923
  17 December, 1991
From the Idaho Press-Tribune
December, 1991
Contributed by Dennis McIndoo


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Carlos Bledsoe

     Carlos E. Bledsoe, 68, of Nampa, died on Tuesday, Dec. 17, at a Boise hospital from natural causes.  Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21 at the Nampa Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1500 Smith Ave.  Bishop Norm Holm of Nampa Second Ward, L.D.S. church will officiate.  Burial will follow in the Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Caldwell.  Services are under the direction of the Alsip Funeral Chapel.
     Carlos E. Bledsoe was born on August 5, 1923 at Stahl, Missouri to Harvey Lee and Ethel M. Bledsoe.  He was reared and educated in Missouri.  He then moved to Nampa.  He served in the U.S. Navy during W.W.II in the South Pacific.  He married Joy Serena in 1945 in Kirksville Missouri and their marriage was solemnized in the Salt Lake City, Utah, Temple.  For the next 17 years they lived in various locations in Idaho and Oregon while Carlos worked as an insurance agent and in the tire business.  For the past 30 years they have made their home in Nampa.  Carlos worked for 20 years in the apple cider business and for 9 of the last 11 years served as a Canyon County Commissioner.  At age 33 he joined the LDS Church and was an active member serving continuously in a variety of positions including Sunday school teacher, elders quorum president, high counsel member, bishop and regional welfare agent.  He was involved in the Boy Scout program for 40 years.  He attended wood badge training and earned the Silver Beaver Award.  He provided community service through many community and county committees.  Carlos never met a stranger.  He was the type of man who could make friends in the express lane at the grocery store.  He genuinely care about people and his acts of concern, compassion and humor have lifted the spirits and touched the lives of thousands.  His friends and family will remember his smile and feel enriched from their association with him.  He will be missed but not forgotten.
     Carlos is survived by his wife, Mrs. Joy Bledsoe, Nampa; 2 sons and daughters-in-law, Lloyd and Joung Bledsoe and Larry and Marie Bledsoe, both of Nampa; a daughter, Wilda Dee and Rich Murphy, Salt Lake City, Utah; his mother and stepfather, Ethel and Bus O'Hara and a brother, Harvey Bledsoe, Jr., all of Nampa, and 14 grandchildren.
     He was preceded in death by his father, Harvey Lee Bledsoe and 2 brothers, Kenneth and Melvin Bledsoe.
     Friends may call at the Alsip Funeral Chapel on Thursday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., on Friday, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.
     The family suggests as a memorial that during this Christmas season you give something to someone in need as that was one of Carlos' habits.